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Really what is important now, if your picture not good enough, you’re not reading enough.

We are slowly emerging in an era where pictures provide us with some history.

Everything is located in series of context..

Theres no automatic link between the story and an event. We are the one who make the connection.

Alan Feldman: “ The event is not what happens , the event is that which can be narrated”

Not sure if I agree with Fieldman’s comment that we only know what event we are in, after it has happened

Storytelling is something that is directly related to the idea of context.

Friedman concluded it’s the amount of thought&research that goes into a story,as much as compositions that enable a maximum outcome.

Steward freedman ‘if we see to it and change our work, we have to speak a language that the majority of our audience understands.

The way individuals see images are very different and we have to be careful what we portray.

Professor David Campbell
Professor David Campbell

The purpose of photography

It’s been quiet in these parts again…June was spent working on a video project for the West End Refugee Service in Newcastle, and July was spent doing research on refugee images in the Australian media at the University of Queensland.

Now that I’m back I’ve been catching up on reading, and the “Coming of Age” cover story on creativity in the British Journal of Photography’s June 2013 issue (although not online in its entirety) was interesting. In truth, many of the constructed and stylised images of the featured photographs left me cold. But there were some notable exceptions, especially if the intersection of politics and photography is your concern – Don McCullin, of course, with Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou and David Goldblatt the standouts.

David Campbell, (2013). The purpose of photography – David Campbell. [online] Available at: [Accessed 16 Aug. 2015].

To record a moment.
– To enhance the memory of an experience.
– To document an event.
– To have some fun doing any of the above.

Going beyond the verb and into the noun of photography:

– To visually interpret the subject.
– To visually interpret light (Very few reach this level).
– To create a work of art.
– To meditate.
– To immerse oneself in some beauty.
– To chase perfection, and when good sense prevails, excellence.

There may be other motivations like:

– To win a photography competition.
– To be the “one” who caught “the” moment – like an explosion, a tsunami, a volcano, etc.
– To acquire evidence.
– To strengthen an argument.
– To look where eyes may be awkwardly placed.
– To spy.

Further, and these are the worst:

– To use that expensive camera I bought.
– To feed my ambition of becoming a photographer.
– To satisfy an urge.
– To justify having bought a fancy cellphone.


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